Health Care

Mar-Anon: helping families of marijuana abusers since 1993

Beginning today, the Vermont Daily Chronicle will run a notice about Mar-Anon, an organization with a mission similar to the better known Al-Anon: helping families in relationship with a habitual marijuana user. The following is from the Mar-Anon website:

“It’s just pot – what’s the problem?”

Confusion and self-doubt ensue. We spin between the belief that marijuana is harmless and our own conviction that something is wrong in our relationship with a habitual user. We can feel isolated. We can even feel like we are going crazy.

We in Mar-Anon understand. Although many think it less serious than other drugs or alcohol, marijuana is a mind and mood altering drug that can be addictive for some people. For those who seek recovery from marijuana abuse, there is a 12-Step program – Marijuana Anonymous. For friends and families whose lives are affected by a loved one’s marijuana use, there is Mar-Anon.

Like any addictive behavior, habitual marijuana use has an impact that extends beyond the user. In Mar-Anon, we seek to recover from the effects of this family disease by learning about addiction and co-dependency; taking responsibility for our own lives; and by sharing experience, strength and hope with one another.  The only requirement for membership in Mar-Anon is that a person be affected by another’s marijuana use.

Dealing with someone’s addiction can be a painful struggle but it also creates opportunity. While we have found that we cannot change others, we can transform ourselves and create more serenity, clarity, and happiness in our lives.

The widespread belief that marijuana cannot be addictive creates added stress for users and family members who are already suffering. With alcohol, cocaine, or even gambling, it is commonly understood that these addictions are illnesses and often require outside help. Marijuana users, on the other hand, can struggle for years in a vacuum without information or intervention. Though Mar-Anon takes no position on the legal, medical or political status of marijuana, we recognize that the increased availability of medical marijuana and legalization create additional challenges and controversy. Eventually, we hope everyone will understand that marijuana is like alcohol – some people can use it moderately, socially, and some people cannot.

Mar-Anon is a 12-Step program designed specifically for those who are affected by another’s marijuana use. REMEMBER:
You are not alone!

Join our Google Mar-Anon Group To learn about new meetings, updates and general information. The only requirement for membership is that a person be affected by another’s marijuana addiction. This is a private group, so those interested must submit a request to join the group.

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